MU Takes BIG EAST Opener, 9-8, over Georgetown
March 26, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team withstood a late rally from Georgetown for a 9-8 victory in its BIG EAST Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at a sunny Valley Fields in Milwaukee.
"It was a typical Georgetown-Marquette game," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "That's the way it's been since we first started our program and give credit to those guys. Their record isn't great but they're a really talented team and well coached. I knew we were in for a battle and they controlled the second half. You look at the statistics and they controlled play in the fourth quarter. Credit to our kids for hanging in there and finding a way to win by one."
Attackman Ryan McNamara continued his torrid pace to the start of his junior campaign by scoring a career-best five goals, including all three MU tallies in the second half. He opened the scoring to the first, third and fourth quarters, and gave the Golden Eagles (6-1) three-goal leads on two occasions.
"(Ryan McNamara) took the game over in small spots today and he was un-guardable in the third quarter there for a good stretch," Amplo said. "He's playing at a really high level and I'm very proud of him. He's really productive and he's opening things up for other guys. Andy DeMichiei's goal was a result of them keying on Ryan too much and hopefully that continues."
After McNamara put MU up 9-6 with 12:33 remaining in regulation, the Marquette offense was held off the scoreboard as the Hoyas (1-8) made their charge. Chris Donovan and Craig Berge each scored for Georgetown down the stretch to pull GU within a goal late.
Following a timeout by Georgetown head coach Kevin Warne with just over a minute remaining, the officials turned on the shot clock. The Hoyas got in front of the MU cage in the waning seconds of the timer, but were unable to beat the clock as the timer expired with eight seconds left to negate a goal.
Blaine Fleming, Jacob Richard, Conor Gately and DeMichiei also scored for MU in the victory while Zachary Melillo won 15-of-21 faceoffs. Richard was able to tie a program record he shares with Melillo and Liam Byrnes by picking up nine ground balls.
"I thought Jake played a really good game between the lines for us and controlled the clearing game," Amplo said. "He picked up some big ground balls and just had poise today. He played like a senior is supposed to and I'm proud of him."
Georgetown goalie Nick Marrocco made 10 saves in net while facing 30 MU shots and Berge was the Hoyas' leading scorer with a hat trick.
The Golden Eagles will look to keep pace in BIG EAST action when they welcome No. 6/8 Villanova to Valley Fields on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. Central time.
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